Student Art Exhibit – Transylvania County Public Schools

April 10 – 28

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Brevard’s 4th Friday Gallery Walk Reception

Friday, April 28

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

(Davidson River Taiko Drummers perform at 5 pm in TC Arts Yard)

(Rosman Highliters Chorus performs on stage at TC Arts at 5:45 pm)



May Open Exhibit – Theme: “The Other Side”

It is up to the artist to interpret the theme!

All mediums accepted . . .


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Artist – Camille Maren

Call 828.884.2787


email tcarts@comporium.net

to get an application!



White Squirrel Photo Contest 2017

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Photo by Terry Maros

The TC Arts Council and the Heart of Brevard Present the 13th Annual White Squirrel Photography Contest, as part of the White Squirrel Festival Weekend (May 27 – 29).

To get an application call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net.
Contest Rules:
Photos may be delivered to TC Arts from April 5 – May 15, 2017.


1) No more than 2 photos per person can be submitted.
2) Photo(s) must be taken by the entrant.
3) Photo(s) should be mounted or framed for display purposes (no larger than 8”x10’ print; frame no larger than 11”x14”).
We will accept printed out photos 4″ x 6″ that will then be taped to a display board.
4) Photo(s) must have on the back of the photo entrant’s name, contact information, and name/title of the photo.
5) Photos cannot be digitally enhanced to change the actual circumstances of the squirrel(s) when photo was taken.
6) $5 entry fee, per photo
Prizes include: 1st Place – $50, 2nd Place $25, 3rd Place $10 and Honorable Mention Ribbons.

Photos will be on display at the new White Squirrel Shoppe located at 6 West Main Street in Brevard during the White Squirrel Festival.

After the festival, photos may be picked up at the TC Arts Council, between June 1 – 16.

To get an application call the TC Arts Council at 828.884.2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net.




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Art Spark 2017 will be held on Sunday, August 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brevard Lumberyard Arts District.

Proceeds from this event support all art programs of the TC Arts Council.

All artists who donate a piece for the art auction will have their work on display at the TC Arts Gallery from July 24 thru August 11.

Then the work will be moved to the auction site for the August 13 event. Artists have the option to get a percentage of the sale back or a free ticket to the catered event.

The deadline to enter artwork is July 10. For an artist entry form call (828)884-2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net.

Sponsors for this event include: Comporium, Platt Architecture PA, Brian N. Stretcher – Attorney and Counselor at Law, Broad Street Wines, Brevard Jewish Community, and the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation.


Pottery Classes



Hand-building & Wheel Throwing Available



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April 25 – May 18

(April 25, 27, + May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18)

Cost: $150 + clay for 8 classes

or Single class = $25 + clay


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Coffee & Clay – Introduction to Pottery

Basics of Hand-Building & Wheel Throwing

Presented by Transylvania Ceramic Arts  

(TC Arts)

Cost for six classes: $240 + cost of clay

 Wednesday’s from May 3 – June 7

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, & June 7


Pottery Making




Playin’ In Clay – Grumpy Old Men’s Group

Introduction to Pottery for Men

Basics of Hand-Building & Wheel Throwing

Friday’s from April 28 – May 26

(April 28. May 5, 12, 19, 26)

Friday’s 9:30 am – 12:30 pm


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Cost for five classes: $200 + cost of clay ($25 per bag of clay)


Beginner / Intermediate Hand-building

Monday’s from May 1 – 29

(May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)



Class = $200 + clay

Call 828.884.2787 to register!




June 26 – 30

Summer Art Camp


The TCArts Council invites youth ages 5-12 years old to explore visual arts, music, and dance.

Morning and afternoon sessions are available.

Morning session goes from 9 am – 12 noon and the afternoon session goes from 1 pm – 4 pm.

Cost for the weeklong art camp is $125 per child and includes all supplies and snacks.

To register call TC Arts Council at 828-884-2787 or email tcarts@comporium.net.

The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC.

To learn more about the TC Arts Council go to www.tcarts.org.

Summer Art Camp is sponsored by:

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Photography Camp


July 17 – 21 

Introduction to Digital Photography for Youth

This week long workshop held at the TC Arts Council

will introduce the students to the concepts of digital photography and how their cameras work.

Each class will combine classroom games and information with actual picture taking,

so that students can reinforce the concepts and terminology that they are learning throughout the week.

The week will culminate in a photo book produced by each student – optional for $15.

The workshop will be led by Kathy King, Brevard photographer,

who has experience teaching photography and writing.

Students aged 8 – 10 years old will have photography class

Monday thru Friday, July 17 – 21 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

and students aged 11 – 13 years old will have class from 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

Cost is $150 per student, plus optional $15 for a photo book.

To register call TC Arts at 828.884.2787.

TC Arts is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard, NC 28712.


 Transylvania Ceramic Arts Youth Pottery Camp

July 10 – 14  &  July 24 – 28

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The TC Arts Council and their pottery program Transylvania Ceramic Arts will present

a week long pottery camp for kids aged 6 – 14.

The first camp will run Monday thru Friday from July 10 – 14 with am and pm sessions.

The am session will go from 9 am – 12 noon and the pm session will go from 1 pm – 4 pm.

The second week of pottery camp will be offered July 24 – 28.

Students will explore clay with hand building techniques and the older students will have a chance to try wheel-throwing.

Cost for the pottery camp is $240 and includes clay, firing and all supplies.

To register call TC Arts at 828.884.2787.

The TC Arts Council is located at 349 S. Caldwell Street, Brevard, NC 28712.




TC Arts Council Receives Grant

from Audrey Love Charitable Foundation

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The Transylvania Community Arts Council is the recipient of a generous gift from the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation. The funds will go towards supporting TC Arts Council’s large events like Arts & Culture Week, The Duck Race for Kreative Kids and the youth art programs at TC Arts including, Arts-In-Schools, Take Art to Heart, Summer Art Camps, and Youth Art Classes.  

The Audrey Love Charitable Foundation was established by and named for Audrey B. Love, who died in Florida at age 100 in November 2003. Mrs. Love, the daughter of Edythe Guggenheim and Admiral Louis Josephthal, was raised in a family well-known for its participation in the arts and philanthropy. An heiress of the New York private securities firm Josephthal & Co. and to the Guggenheim fortune, Mrs. Love continued her passion for the arts after marrying Wall Street financier C. Ruxton Love. Together, the couple became well-known collectors, and Mrs. Love donated many of their best pieces to museums in her husband’s memory after his death in 1973. The Foundation contributes only to pre-selected organizations and supports the fields of general arts, human services, medical schools/education and the performing arts.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director with the TC Arts Council said, “We are thankful to the Audrey Love Charitable Foundation for their continued support of the TC Arts Council and our programs. These funds will help us accomplish our mission: “To enhance the quality of life in Transylvania County by celebrating and nurturing the creative spirit of artists, youth and individuals throughout the County.”  




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Arts Industry Returns $671,000 in Revenue to Local and State Coffers

Brevard, NC – Transylvania County was one of 182 study groups representing all 50 states and Washington DC that participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study to determine the economic impact of the arts in our county. The most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted in the United States, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV was conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. The Transylvania Community Arts Council spearheaded this study in our county.

Nationally, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reveals that the nonprofit arts and culture industry produced $135.2 billion in economic activity during FY2010. This spending–$61.1 billion by nonprofit arts and culture organizations plus an additional $74.1 billion by their audiences—supported 4.1 million full-time equivalent jobs and generated $22.3 billion in federal, state and local tax revenues.

“This study shines a much needed light on the vital role that arts play in stimulating and sustaining economic development,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Contrary to popular belief, the arts are a bustling industry that supports a plethora of diverse jobs, generates significant revenues for local businesses, federal, state and local governments and provides quality of life that positions communities to compete in our 21st century creative economy.”

The State of North Carolina was one of 10 state regions in this study. It ranked 3rd behind the States of Illinois and Pennsylvania producing $1.2 billion in nonprofit arts and culture expenditures, supported 43,605 full-time equivalent jobs and generated $119 million in local and state revenues.

In Transylvania County, 14 of the participating Arts and Culture nonprofits generated $8,600,000 in annual economic activity—supporting 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $671,000 in local and state government revenues, according to the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV national economic impact study.

According to the study, these participating Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $4,366,000 during fiscal year 2010. This spending is far-reaching: organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars, in turn, generated $4,909,000 in household income for local residents and $671,000 in local and state government revenues. And all of this was in an economic down year. The economic comparisons between 2005, the last time this study was done, and 2010 showed unemployment up, consumer confidence down foreclosures up, local attendees down, recreation, entertainment, shopping, tourism, food & beverage all down in 2010.

Tammy Hopkins, executive director of the TC Arts Council said, “$8,600,000 in annual economic activity, that’s a big number. However this number is the economic impact of just 14 of our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations. This study only included the nonprofit arts and culture organizations in the county. It did not include any of the for-profit organizations such as the art galleries, art businesses, artists and musicians in the community. Imagine how big the ARTS economic impact number would be if they were all included.”

Paula Wesley, who spearheaded this study for the Transylvania Community Arts Council, said, “It took a lot of cooperation from the arts and culture organizations, donors and volunteers to do this study. During this study, we discovered that Transylvania County has 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations, 24 art galleries and 59 arts and cultural related businesses putting on 262 art events a year. Not bad for a town with under 50,000 population! And even with only 14 of our 80 nonprofit arts and culture organizations participating in this study, we ranked 8th in the country among our study group of 19 with populations under 50,000.”

And nonprofits depend heavily on their volunteers. The study showed that in Transylvania County the 14 participating arts and culture organizations reported 1680 volunteers contributed 34,820 donated hours representing a value of $743,733.

Arts Industry Boon for Local Businesses

In addition to spending by organizations, the Transylvania County nonprofit arts and culture industry leverages $4,194,000 in event-related spending by its audiences. As a result of attending a cultural event, attendees often eat dinner in local restaurants, pay for parking, buy gifts and souvenirs, and pay a babysitter. What’s more, attendees from out of town often stay overnight in a local hotel. In Transylvania County, these dollars support 240 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $671,000 in local and state government revenues.

The study also showed that residents spent an average of $15 per event where as no-residents spent an average of $47 at the same event. 59.4% of our attendees said this event was their primary purpose for the trip to Transylvania County. In addition, 51.3% of Transylvania County residents reported that they would have traveled to a different community in order to attend a similar cultural event and 65.9% of non-residents reported the same. According to the report, this shows that “if a community does not provide a variety of artistic and cultural experiences, it will fail to attract the new dollars of cultural tourists. It will also lose the discretionary spending of its local residents who will travel elsewhere to experience the arts.”

Linda A. Carlisle, the state’s cultural resources secretary, said in a news release that the study shows “that an investment in the arts is an investment in a growth industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue and is one of the cornerstones of tourism.” Wayne Martin, executive director of the NC Arts Council, said the study highlights the fact that arts organizations are businesses. “They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from within the community, are members of the Chamber of Commerce…and are key participants in marketing their cities and regions.”

TC Arts Council cannot thank enough the following individuals who made this study possible by their financial support and encouragement: Nick Bayne, RCG Realty; Bruce & Sandy Kirkman; Joe Bruneau, Number 7 Fine Arts & Crafts Cooperative; Joan VanOrman & Sue Hershey, Bluewood Photography; Mike Kanan, Exit Realty; Madrid Zimmerman, Heart of Brevard; John Gardner & Betsy Barefoot; Mark Burrows, Economic Development; Tourism Development Authority; Tammy Hopkins, TC Arts Council; and last, but not least John Felty, Looking Glass Entertainment.

Special recognition and appreciation is paid to John Felty for his participation in this study because at every event he organized at the Porter Center he encouraged the audience to take the survey and support the arts. His efforts allowed the TC Arts Council to reach the survey goal for the year.

Wesley also recognized her lead surveyor, Beth Sumner, Manager at Elements Spa for giving up week nights and weekends to help her survey the cultural audiences. Several other volunteers assisted with the surveys throughout the year as well. They are Julia Batliner, Dee Whinnery, Cindy Roach, Paul Thomas, Don Bieger and Dan Donofrio.

Wesley said, “Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America. They have conducted hundreds of similar economic impact studies in all 50 states. Their methodology is so sound that their economic impact data is used consistently by the Congressional Arts Caucus on the floor of the US House of Representatives to support federal arts funding.”

The Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by Americans for the arts and supported by The Ruth Lilly Fund of Americans for the Arts. Americans for the Arts’ local, regional, and statewide project partners contributed both time and financial support to the study. The full text of the national statistical report is available at www.Americansforthearts.org/economicimpact . Research Partners who endorse this study are: the United States Conference of Mayors, Business Civic Leadership Center, National Association of Counties, Grantmakers in the Arts, Destination Marketing Association International, CECP (an international forum of business CEO’s), National League of Cities and The Conference Board.

For more information call Paula Wesley or Tammy Hopkins at the TC Arts Council 828-884-2787 or go to www.tcarts.org. To pick up a study packet stop by the TC Arts Council located at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. To learn more about the ARTS of Brevard and Transylvania County go to www.artsofbrevard.org.

Click here to download the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

Click here to download the Summary of Economic Impact Findings

Why Arts Programming is Essential for Young Students

·         Art helps students make new connections and think “outside the box.”

·         Expression in the arts helps students develop cognitive and physical skills.

·         Each art form brings special ways of perceiving the world, utilizing critical thinking and problem solving skills.

·         The arts help transform the school environment to one of discovery and learning.

·         Art criticism helps students develop observation and analytical skills that can be transferred to other areas of study.

·         The arts are essential to an understanding of personal, local, national and global cultures, past and present.

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In Western NC, Creativity Means Business
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, artists, creative workers, entrepreneurs and businesses producing innovative products make up the Creative Economy. The Creative Industry supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is a cornerstone of tourism. With a nationally competitive market for creative employment, new talent and skilled workers continue to be drawn to western N.C. The nonprofit arts and culture sector alone is a $140 million industry in western N. C.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Jobs
More than 14,000 people in western N.C. have jobs in creative occupations, and the number is increasing every year. Creative sector jobs in western N.C. increased 6 percent from 2010 to 2011. Cultural programs draw new talent and keep skilled workers. Counties with higher proportions of workers in arts-related occupations are more likely to retain current residents and attract new ones. And the presence of creative workers is strongly associated with rising household incomes.

In Western NC, Creativity Means Growing Economies
The rich cultural traditions in craft and music are sustainable place-based economic development opportunities that cannot be outsourced. These traditions attract thousands of visitors, investors and potential residents to the region who spend money each day for authentic experiences. Audience members from outside the region at nonprofit arts and culture programs spend an average of nearly $60 per person in the community beyond the cost of the event. All nonprofit cultural audiences spend $60.7 million a year. Nonprofit arts organizations contribute $79 million to the western N.C. economy each year. Together, nonprofit arts groups and their audiences return more than $6 million in annual revenue to local governments.

For more information on how the Creative Economy fuels North Carolina’s economy, visit the North Carolina Arts Council’s Creative Economy Portal at www.ncarts.org/creative_economy
2011 data compiled by The North Carolina Arts Council, part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources


Transylvania Community Arts Council
349 South Caldwell Street
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
828-884-ARTS (2787) 


Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


TC Arts Council is proactively inclusive of all areas of diversity including, but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, or disability.




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